Hard Luck (Diary of a Wimpy Kid, #8)by Jeff Kinney Published 05 Nov 2013
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Greg Heffley and his family and friends are back in Diary of a Wimpy Kid Book 8, the latest installment in the #1 bestselling series by Jeff Kinney and one of the most anticipated books of 2013. A global phenomenon, the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series has more than 85 million books in print around the world.
Greg Heffley's on a losing streak. His best friend, Rowley Jefferson, has ditched him, and finding new friends in middle school is proving to be a tough task. To change his fortunes, Greg decides to take a leap of faith and turn his decisions over to chance. Will a roll of the dice turn things around, or is Greg's life destined to be just another hard-luck story?
"Hard Luck (Diary of a Wimpy Kid, #8)" Reviews
Finally read this. It was really funny. I know. I'm way too old for these books but screw that. XD
Also, there will be more books! YAY. :D
Possibly the LAST book in the series?
I have been reading these books for so long, even if I'm too old for them. They make me laugh so hard, and this can't be the last one.
One more in the series. Seriously, this guy has a lot of ammunition. Drawing sketches page after page, book after book, pulling off anecdotes at will - he's got to have a Hero Point.
Our Greg is growing up and with that comes the decision making. Well we can argue that he did not wish to grow up on his defense but that thing which stops ageing is yet to be invented.
And summer school is not a solution either. Rolled and rolled in gags when he draws out the books hid by his mom.
Hey, Ritu, we might stumble into such books in Sam's closet instead.
Belter it was the way he draws up the solution to making so much decisions - the 8 ball
Learning the adult world and its double standard way of handling things, Greg discovers that humans never grow up, they just learn how to conceal the paint on the wall.
The wall itself remains the same.
This guy, Kenny, is taking no prisoners!
Another 5 star performance.
Hard Luck (Diary of a Wimpy Kid, #8), c2011, Jeff Kinney
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Hard Luck is a children's novel written by Jeff Kinney and the eighth book in the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series. The book's existence was announced at the end of the previous book in the series, The Third Wheel. Hard Luck was released on November 5, 2013 in the United States and on November 6 in the United Kingdom.
تاریخ نخستین خوانش: بیست و هفتم ماه سپتامبر سال 2012 میلادی
عنوان: خاطرات یک بیعرضه: جلد 8، دفترچه سبز چمنی؛ نویسنده و تصویرگر: جف کینی؛ مترجم: ندا شادنظر؛ مشخصات نشر: تهران، ایران بان، چاپ نخست 1393، در 224 ص، مصور، فروست: خاطرات یک بیعرضه جلد 8، شابک جلد 8: 9786001881718؛ موضوع: داستانهای فکاهی مصور، دفترچه های خاطرات، مدرسه ها، داستان؛ گروه سنی ب و ج قرن 21 م
دفترچه خاطرات یک بی عرضه یک رمان طنز در قالب ادبیات داستانی به صورت دفترچه خاطرات پسری به نام: گرگ هفلی نوشته جف کینی است. «دفترچه خاطرات یک بی عرضه» همچنین نخستین کتاب از مجموعه کتابهایی ده جلدی با همین عنوان است. داستان، روایت پسری به نام گریگوری «گرگ هفلی» و رخدادهایی که در خانه و مدرسه برای او و دوستانش میافتد است. نخستین بار این داستان در یک وبگاه در سال 2004 میلادی چاپ شد که بیش از بیست میلیون نفر آن را خواندند. سپس در اول آوریل سال 2007 میلادی چاپ شد. از سه عنوان کتابهای این مجموعه سه فیلم به صورت اقتباسی نیز در ژانر طنز و خانوادگی تهیه شده است. معرفی شخصیتها: گریگوری «گرگ» هفلی؛ وی قهرمان اصلی داستان است. او با خانواده خود، دوستانش و مدرسه اش مشکل دارد و همیشه در دردسر میافتد. او خود را «فردی خلاق» میداند و روشهای عجیبی برای پول درآوردن ابداع و همراه دوستش رولی جفرسون انجام میدهد؛ که معمولاً موفق نمیشود
رودریک هفلی: برادر بزرگ گریگوری ست. او به هیچ چیز علاقه نشان نمیدهد و فردی بدخلق است. معمولاً با گریگوری دعوا میکند، عضو یک گروه پانک موسیقی راک نیز هست
سوزان هفلی: مادر گریگوری ست. او تلاش میکند به هر نحوی شده فرزندانش را درست تربیت کند و آنها را به کارهای خلاقانه و مستقل شدن تدریجی تشویق میکند
فرانکلین «فرانک» هفلی: پدر خانواده است. او به اندازه مادر قوانین سختگیرانه نمیگذارد ولی معمولاً از دست کارهای گرگ و رولی عصبانی میشود. او همچنین به همسر خود خیلی علاقه دارد و بیشتر کارها را با اطلاع او انجام میدهد
رالی جفرسون: دوست صمیمی گرگ است. آنها همه کارهای خود را که معمولاً به دردسرهایی بزرگ ختم میشوند با هم انجام میدهند؛ هرچند که در دو تا از کتابها رابطه آنها به هم خورده، ولی در کتاب آخر، «سیاه زمستون»، آنها دوباره دوست میشوند. ا. شربیانی
Jeff Kinney has done it yet again. SPOILER ALERT
Greg is having friend problems... yet again. Rowley got a girlfriend and she thinks all the things Rowley and Greg do together are immature. She's taking all the attention away from Greg, and shaping Rowley into something that he's not at the same time! Greg misses all the things Rowley used to do for him... a lot. Rowley use to walk to school with greg and he looked out for dog poop, and carry Greg's bags. Now Rowley walks to school with, Abigail, his girlfriend, so Greg is now lacking the poop-scouting and the bag-carrying. Greg quickly finds a solution to his lack of baggage transportation... A roller bag! He gets to school as fast as a lightning bolt, but there are some serious dangers, like The Mingo Kids, from Greg's residence to the jail they named school. The Mingo Kids are basically animals.. but human. There extremely crazy and will attack if they feel threatened. Greg just came to his mom for help on transportation instead of getting attacked by little hooligans. She said of course she would drive him to school, but quickly caught on to the struggle for friendship that Greg and Rowley were going through. She (of course) gave motherly advice on how to handle the conversation but Greg totally tuned it out. Greg then finds himself in his moms closet and finds his Moms mothering inspiration... The Slumber Party Pals Books! Greg, becoming extremely fascinated in girl problem books, read hundreds of them and realized boy relationship and girl relationships are nothing alike. Greg started having memories of him and Rowley, he was soon missing him immensly. Greg then found the magic 8 ball. Who needs a best friend when you have this thing! Greg started using it for everything. Then he used it on a geography test and it let him down, he was again missing Rowley. Easter came right around the corner and it was a complete fiasco! When the Grandma was packing the eggs she put a ring from a relative that had passed the year before in the egg every one scavenged to find it, though no one could. Greg needed a friend more now than ever, if he doesn't have a family thats cool, he at least needs one decent friend. The following day when Greg was doing his daily reading of Slumber Party Pals, he found the ring. He decided to not tell anyone due to his families craziness. A week later Rowley and Abigail broke up. Abigail found a new boyfriend in a hurry and Greg could tell Rowley was hurt. Greg decided to let bygones be bygones and act like a true friend towards Rowley. Greg asked if Rowley wanted to sit with him and they became pals again. (:
Normally I don't like DOAWK books because I find the situations the main character Greg puts himself into annoying. However, I didn't mind this one. I think it is the best book in the series because he isn't fighting with his brothers or getting into stupid trouble. He is just going about his business and trying to figure out things as they arise. I have to day I enjoy the magic eight ball he finds and uses because it reminds me of my childhood. I loved that toy. Anyway, I am happy I read this book because it gave me a new outlook on DOAWK series.
Greg Heffley survived the school dance in the previous book, but his romantic issues are only becoming more complicated. He hardly believes it when his best friend Rowley gets a girlfriend, Abigail. The time Rowley used to spend walking to school with Greg or doing his homework for him now belongs to Abigail, and Greg is irked. Why does Rowley do whatever she wants him to, instead of obeying Greg? It hardly seems fair. With Rowley losing interest in their friendship by the day, Greg has no real friends, and being alone at school is depressing. How can he attract a friend to take Rowley's place?
Seeing how glum Greg is, his mother takes him shopping for cool clothes and sneakers, but striding into school in smooth new duds doesn't work out as he envisioned. He tries making friends with Fregley, but that boy is as weird as he is in the first Diary of a Wimpy Kid book, and Greg fights the impulse to dump him. Fregley can be reformed into a cool friend, Greg insists to himself, but it turns out Fregley has a few freakish talents that make him too cool for Greg. Stuck in the doldrums, Greg finds a Magic 8 Ball under his brother Rodrick's bed, and pounces on the chance to have a disinterested authority direct his life. The Magic 8 Ball does a decent job telling Greg what to do at first, but then gets him in trouble by advising him to ignore school assignments, and now Greg might not graduate to the next grade. How did everything go wrong?
Subplots abound, usually more than one going on simultaneously. Greg's extended family is at odds over a diamond wedding ring that belonged to his great-grandmother (Meemaw). The ring went missing after she passed away, and unvoiced accusations of theft simmer. Greg is harassed by bullies en route to school, and has a run-in with kids who run a business to help students cheat. He finds an area in his mother's closet where she keeps her parenting books and a few secret "weapons" to handle the kids, but Greg doesn't want to let on that he found it. Listening to the Magic 8 Ball digs him into deeper trouble, and he's still irritated by Rowley and Abigail mooning around school like they have nothing better to do than stare into each other's eyes. Not all is as lousy as it seems, though, and things might revert almost to normal if Greg waits for events to come full circle. The scene neatly reloads for the next novel in the series.
Jeff Kinney writes two things exceptionally well: humor (the Diary of a Wimpy Kid books are as funny as anything by Christopher Paul Curtis or Barbara Park), and cultural commentary. Greg's critiques are hilarious and spot-on without sounding too clever for a kid. Hard Luck joins The Ugly Truth and Cabin Fever among the top books in the series for their insight into people. For instance, Greg's mother's advice to him rarely turns out well. "I think her heart is in the right place, but the advice she gives me would NEVER work with kids my age. For example, Mom said that if I'm just really nice to everyone I meet, then word will spread and I'll become the most popular kid at school in no time." If only people were that way. Greg knows popularity is less a reflection of internal purity than external attractiveness; sadly, niceness is frequently overlooked.
"Usually, I find poop as funny as the next guy, but that's when someone ELSE steps in it."
—Hard Luck, P. 70
Whether it's Rowley's new girlfriend or becoming a Yearbook Club member, Greg sees everything as being about himself, and this aggravates others. When his grand plans go wrong, he resents his friends or family instead of accepting responsibility. This is what drives him to the Magic 8 Ball. "See, what I NEED is something that actually TELLS me what to do, so I don't have to guess. Up to this point, I've been making all my own decisions, and I'm not super happy with the results." Greg can't see that those poor results are because everything he does is to please himself at the expense of others. It's a flaw he isn't likely to grow out of in this series, but we enjoy Greg for what he is: a smart, funny kid with a me-first bent. And we love reading about him.
Hard Luck is an excellent bounceback from The Third Wheel. In my opinion it's one of the best Diary of a Wimpy Kid books. Partway through I wondered if I might end up rating it three stars, and though I decided on two and a half, Hard Luck is a comedically effective novel with real literary oomph. Jeff Kinney has the talent of a good standup comedian, and this series is one of the more enjoyable for young audiences. Well done, Mr. Kinney.